“Stan Lee didn’t want to be like all of the rest. He wanted to stand out – – and be himself, letting his pioneering talent shine. In a pivotal career decision, at the urging of his wife, he wrote a comic like he himself wanted to read, bringing the characters to life, making superheroes relatable with their human emotions and weaknesses.”
-Scott Luton, Host, This Week in Business History
In this episode of This Week in Business History, host Scott W. Luton explores the origin story of one Stanley Martin Lieber, better known to the world as Stan Lee. From modest beginnings in New York City to successfully revolutionizing the comic book industry on a number of fronts, “Smilin’ Stan” offers quite a story, driven by following his passion in life. And doing things his way.
Scott Luton (00:12):
Good morning, Scott Luton here with you on this edition of this week in business history. Welcome to today’s show on this program, which is part of the supply chain. Now family of programming. We’ll take a look back at the upcoming week, and then we share some of the most relevant events and milestones from years past, of course, mostly business focused with a little dab of global supply chain. And occasionally we might just throw in a good story outside of our primary realm. So I invite you to join me on this. Look back in history to identify some of the most significant leaders, companies, innovations, and perhaps lessons learned in our collective business journey. Now let’s dive in to this week in business history.
Scott Luton (01:10):
Hello, and thanks for joining us. I’m your host Scott Luton. And today on this edition of this week in business history, we’re focused on the week of December 28th. Hey, thanks so much for listening to the show today, we’re going to be diving into the story of the man who revolutionized an industry and be at books, television shows or movies. You probably are more familiar with his work than you think you are. We’re going to be sharing the journey of Stan Lee, the Titan of comic books in massive driving force of both Marvel comics and the industry in and of itself. Stay tuned and thanks again for joining us here today. On this week in business history, powered by our team here at supply chain. Now Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee was born December 28th, 1922 in New York city to Romanian immigrant parents. And he’d grow up primarily in Harlem and the Bronx.
Scott Luton (02:09):
The man that would become a Titan in the world of superhero comics in multimedia. Well, he was born into a family of modest means Stan’s father Jack Leiber was a professional dress cutter, but he didn’t work all that much after the great depression. In fact, when Stan was in his teens, he and his brother, Larry Lieber would share the one bedroom in the one bedroom apartment that their family was living in and his parents would sleep on a foldout couch amongst stand’s early influences were Errol Flynn and William Shakespeare. Although he graduated high school wanting to be a novelist. Lee was hired as an office assistant at timely comics in 1939 at the age of 16, making $8 a week timely probably doesn’t ring a bell for you, but it would become Marvel comics. In 1961, Stan would barely complete odd jobs in his new role.
Scott Luton (03:09):
Fill the inkwells for the artists, grab the team’s lunch top off coffees, maybe some proofreading, et cetera. In 1941, he made his comic book debut with what would be one of timely comics, biggest early hits captain America foils the traders revenge where the pseudonym Stan Lee was used for the first time. Stan was promoted to editor in 1942. He had, by this time written a wide variety of comic book scripts. Yeah, under the name Stanley a play on his first name Stanley a name he’d adopt eventually as his legal name during the 1940s and fifties. When Tom Lee comics was enduring financial hardship, Lee created several comic book series, the witness, the destroyer, Jack Frost, and black Marvel. During this time, Lee joined the army signal Corps and worked to repair communications. He later wrote field manuals and military slogans in the Army’s training film division.
Scott Luton (04:14):
Stan Lee would work with some soon to be famous soldiers in the army, such as three time Academy award winning director, Frank Capra, and Theodore gazelle, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss. He kept his editor job at Tom Lee while in the army by receiving letters as to what content was needed that week producing that content and mailing it back in 1940. After serving in the army, he went back full time at timely comics, but times were tough as a comic book industry. And it’s busy. This was in the doldrums at the time, says author, Shawn, how in a New York post article from 2018 quote, Stan Lee in the 1950s was pretty much running the show by himself in a corner office because the industry had mostly collapsed in quote not long after separating from the army and returning the timely comics full time, Stanley wanted to quit.
Scott Luton (05:15):
He had become significantly discouraged by being directed, to imitate other publishers with crime, Western and horror stories. Stanley didn’t want it to be like all the rest he wanted to stand out and be himself letting his pioneering talent shine in the pivotal career decision. At the urging of his wife, he wrote a comic like he himself wanted to read bringing the characters alive, making superheroes relatable with their human emotions and weaknesses. Having a personal involvement with the characters was groundbreaking for comics at the time in 1961, Lee and artists Jack created the fantastic four about four astronauts who would gain superpowers after a cosmic incident with this, everything changed. The fantastic four was born out of a bit of benchmarking the competition in the late fifties and early sixties, national periodical publications, which was the precursor to DC comics was doing well with the justice league where teams of superheroes actively work together to defeat villains.
Scott Luton (06:28):
So that’s what helped Lee and Kirby develop the fantastic four, a quartet of superheroes that worked well together, but also had their own strengths and weaknesses. Hey, don’t we all, they even began receiving fan mail for this really a first time. The fantastic four made both Lee and the company, which now was the newly renamed Marvel comics, a phenomenal success in the comics world. Needless to say, Stanley did not quit, but rather he listened to his wife’s game, changing advice and took his writing in a whole new direction, greatly impacting and changing the comic book industry as he did. So in 1962, Lee and his brother, Larry Lieber, along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, where they’d launched several iconic characters, including Spiderman, ant, man, the Hulk and Thor. And if you’ve been paying any attention to move theaters, at least on a pre pandemic basis, you’d notice that those characters are not just still with us today, but they’re thriving and bringing audiences in droves, aside from all of the artistic impacts that Stan Lee made, he also developed proven processes.
Scott Luton (07:41):
In fact, Lee Kirby and Ditko created a collaborative process that became known as the Marvel method. This approach allowed artists more input on story plotting and allowed Marvel to produce massive amounts of content. In a nutshell, Stan Lee would give basic story outlines to company artists who would then be expected to come back to him with fully drawn comic book pages. Stan Lee would then fill the pages with texts and the story itself, which took advantage of one of his greatest talents. Lee’s ability to engage the reader in his storytelling. This ability fueled his appeal to his readership community and its growth. What also caught on was Stanley’s catch phrases, which were quickly embraced and wildly used. He later said that some of his sign-offs such as hang loose face front and nuff said were constantly being copied by other writers. He wanted something unique that other writers would not know the meaning of know the spelling of, or be tempted to copy his catchphrase Excelsior, which is Latin for ever upward became that phrase quote, upward and onward to greater glory in quote is the way Lee himself would later explain the term in a tweet in 1966, Ditko left Marvel and John Romita, Sr became Lee’s collaborator.
Scott Luton (09:11):
The stories became as focused on the social in college lives of the characters as the superheroes adventures topics such as the Vietnam war political elections and student activism were addressed. Stanley once said, quote, let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But unlike a team of costume supervillains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot or zap from a Ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them, to reveal them for their insidious evils. They really are in quote, Robbie Robertson was one of the first African-American characters in comics to play a serious supporting role in the amazing Spiderman number 51, which came out in August, 1967 in the 1980s, Stan Lee began a journey that would be one of his greatest legacies, a ceaseless obsession for convincing Hollywood, that it needed to make movies out of comic book superheroes.
Scott Luton (10:19):
What was that breakthrough film that opened the door far and wide for comics to hit the silver screen? Well, it certainly was not Howard. The duck for the industry. You could claim 1980 nines. Batman was that movie, arguably at least for Marvel comics, it was a 1998 movie hit blade, starring Wesley Snipes that gave Stanley and the Marvel team, the breakthrough they needed. The movie was a commercial success and spawned two sequels ever since there has been a seemingly steady stream of comic book heroes brought to life at the movie theater, which took years of Hollywood lobbying by the industry and especially Stan Lee, who certainly has become bigger than life attesting to his pop culture status. Stan Lee was the answer on a recent jeopardy question quote, not an actor. This man who died in 2018 appeared briefly in some 40 mainly action films with a combined $30 billion in worldwide gross in quote, those appearances.
Scott Luton (11:26):
You bet those famous cameos, the cameos that Stanley made became popular in 1961 in a comic book, the fantastic four, number 10, where both Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby are featured on the cover of the 12 cent comic book, as well as being introduced as characters in the story, the fans loved it. It made them feel as if they were all friends or sharing in a little fun. The cameos then continued through TV, video games and films with Avengers in game marking Stanley’s last cameo appearance. Roy Thomas Lee’s successor at Marvel stated that Lee got a kick out of doing cameos more than anything else. Lee was nicknamed smile and Stan and Stan, the man, and he continued to rise up through the ranks at Marvel, eventually becoming publisher and editorial director. Following a 60 year career at Marvel. Lee was involved in other ventures, such as a series of competitor DC comics, where he re-imagined such DC superheroes as Batman and wonder woman.
Scott Luton (12:38):
He was involved with publishing graphic novels, merchandising, branding, building an entertainment network, and even had an action figure made out of him. He earned numerous awards, including the national endowment for the arts national medal of arts in 2008 by president George W. Bush Stan’s passion project. The Stanley foundation focuses on education and literacy in arts programs, promoting life skills that inspire the superhero mindset. Stan believed in using the comment book, not just for kids, but to promote literacy, increased vocabulary and discuss issues of the day. He said that any child who grows up literate, unable to read and write, or even semi-literate can be considered handicapped and that every young person needs every possible advantage to even the competitive playing field, a superhero for so much good. And certainly for the comic book industry Stanley died on November 12th, 2018, six weeks before his 96th birthday in Los Angeles, California.
Scott Luton (13:45):
Hey, we’re going to wrap on this wonderful quote from Stanley who seemingly lived it, quote, another definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people’s wellbeing and will go out of his or her way to help them. Even if there is no chance of a reward, that person who helps others simply because it should or must be done. And because it is the right thing to do is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero in quote, indeed, rest in peace. One Stanley Martin Lieber, forever known around the world as the one and only Stanley here in our home. You’ll find one of his biggest fans and my son, Ben, boom, boom. This one’s for you Excelsior. Well, that just about wraps up this edition of this week in business history. Those were some of the stories that stood out to us, but what do you think find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and share your comments there.
Scott Luton (14:42):
We’re here to listen and a big, special thanks to Deb [inaudible] who has provided excellent research for the series on that note, thanks to you. Our listener for tuning into the show each week, we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons Merry Christmas and certainly happy new year. We’re all glad I’m sure that 2021 is finally upon us. Be sure to check out a wide variety of industry thought email@example.com friendly reminder. You can find this week in business history, wherever you get your podcasts from and be sure to tell us what you think we’d love to earn your review on behalf of the entire team here at this week in business history and certainly supply chain. Now this is Scott Luton wishing all of our listeners, nothing but the best. Hey, do good. Give forward. Be the change that’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see next time here on this week in business history.
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Host, Logistics with Purpose
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As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.
From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.
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Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.
She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.
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When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
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Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Host of TEKTOK
If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.
With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
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Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
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Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
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Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
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Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
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Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Social Media Manager
My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
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Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
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Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
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Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
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Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
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Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
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The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
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Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
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Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.